Chapter 21: Crimes And Punishments

PART I.--GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 32: Principles Of Criminal Liability

Statute 21-3212: Use of force in defense of dwelling; no duty to retreat. (a) A person is justified in the use of force against another when and to the extent that it appears to such person and such person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent or terminate such other's unlawful entry into or attack upon such person's dwelling or occupied vehicle.

      (b)   A person is justified in the use of deadly force to prevent or terminate unlawful entry into or attack upon any dwelling or occupied vehicle if such person reasonably believes deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to such person or another.

      (c)   Nothing in this section shall require a person to retreat if such person is using force to protect such person's dwelling or occupied vehicle.

      History:   L. 1969, ch. 180, § 21-3212; L. 2006, ch. 194, § 4; May 25.